Axis Mundi
The beginning of a circle is also its end. Not I, but the world says it: all is one. And yet everything comes in season.
- Heraklietos of Ephesos

From the Editor...

Lost in Transition

It appears that 2010 is a year of transition for many of us. So many people I know are going through life changing situations, either leaving jobs, moving house, starting new businesses, ending longstanding relationships or just trying to simplify their life.

I am currently going through a somewhat painful "birthing" process into a new creative phase of my life and while I can appreciate how exciting and challenging transitions can be, this transition has become a rather protracted dark night of the soul and is forcing me to re-evaluate my life's purpose and my spiritual values.

The hardest aspect of living through a transition is learning to let go of the past. Sometimes we get stuck in spiritual limbo because we're holding on to memories, old relationships and wounds or outmoded aspects of our current life that make us feel secure and comfortable.

Recently I conducted a ritual to cut away the residual energy of old relationships and aspects of my life that are not in my highest good. I thanked those people and experiences for the lessons I have learnt over the years and then I sent them my love, healing, gratitude and blessings. Sometimes we need to cut these energetic ties that hold us back from moving forward in our life, hopefully there should be no further harbouring of ill feelings only a willingness to accept that change is an essential and inevitable part of our spiritual growth.

I know that this transition has still a few more months to go but thank goodness the winter is finally coming to an end, and the warmth of the new sun is growing stronger; over the next few weeks we will be moving into spring and we will be experiencing a new energy, a new hope and a reawakening of the earth. It is comforting to experience our own life as part of this seasonal pattern, shedding the old and beginning the new. The dramatic passage from winter to spring makes a good time of year to put old patterns of behaviour to rest, heal wounds and welcome in personal change.

"Transition is the natural process of disorientation and reorientation that marks the turning points in the path of growth...transitions are key times in the natural process of self-renewal" ~ William Bridges

Janine Donnellan

SOL's Full Moon Circle ~ July 23, 2010
Aquarius Full Moon

by Janine Donnellan

Click image to see ritual
On the night of the Aquarius Full moon circle, we gathered together to conduct our ritual which would reconnect us to the ancient land of Avalon. The cold darkness of winter seemed to accentuate the energetic presence of this mystical realm and the Aquarius moon's energy highlighted our sister/brotherhood connection and the concept that we are indeed all one.

The ritual then began by the power of the Dragons and the circle was cast. Four priestesses of Avalon, Blodeuwedd, Rhiannon, Arianrhod and Cerridwen were evoked to guard the circle and the Lady of the Lake and Merlin, our hosts, were welcomed in. Branwen, Goddess of the Land and guardian of Avalon, was then asked to guide us safely through this magical realm.

Next we were taken on a meditative journey to Avalon where Branwen, the Guardian of Avalon gave us permission to enter Avalon. Branwen guided us along the path that led to the centre of a glen which was surrounded by apple trees. There was a fire pit in the centre of the glen and it was surrounded by 6 hooded persons, Blodeuwed, Rhiannon, Arianrhod and Cerridwen. The other 2 were Merlin and the Lady of the Lake, Vivienne. Merlin tended the fire, and cast herbs into the fire, which exploded into a multitude of fluorescent lights.

Vivienne was holding a large scroll and started reading the texts in an ancient language. She spoke about a time to come when the kingdoms like Avalon will once again be part of the Earth. Those that have joined her on this night will play apart in the energetic shifts that will be happening over the next few centuries.

Each of the participants noticed a crescent moon on each other's brow and were surprised to see a crescent moon on their own brow when Branwen showed their reflection in the mirror. Vivienne took the mirror from Branwen and then in turn showed each participant their reflection in the mirror. "Look deeply in the mirror of remembrance and see your past, present and future. Remind yourself of your goals for this lifetime for they will impact on your goals for your next life".

After taking in the images of the mirror each priestess gave each member some advice regarding their journey's path. Merlin then stepped forward and placed his staff on each person's third eye, sending a surge of power through the third eye to enable it to take in the new energy and insights.

After the meditation everyone shared their insights and then walked the spiral path to contemplate their journey. The High Priestess then walked the circle blessing each participant on the brow in the shape of the crescent moon with purified and blessed water from the Chalice Well. This blessing conferred a sense of connection to each other and initiated deep communion with the spiritual realm of Avalon.

We then thanked the Lady of the Lake, Merlin, Branwen and the four priestesses for their presence and guidance and the residual energy was then grounded back into the earth and forwarded to individuals for healing. The circle was closed and then we all finished the evening with our usual feast.

More information regarding this circle and past circles can be found in our Book Of Shadows. Our next Full Moon Circles will be held near Engadine on Friday, August 20 and Friday September 24. Please contact us for further details if you would like to attend.

Solar Storms and Paranormal Investigations

by Janine Donnellan

On the 3rd of August a wave of violent space weather began rolling over the Earth after a huge explosion on the sun. Scientists were advising that the wave of supercharged gas would buffet the natural magnetic shield protecting the Earth, possibly sparking spectacular displays of the auroras known as the northern and southern lights.

According to NASA, this storm covered the entire Earth - facing side of the sun - and sent a "solar tsunami" racing across space at up to 1.5 million km/h. The last major flare-up occurred in 2001 and the sun has been going through a strangely prolonged period of silence since then.

When the Sun produces solar storms or flares it sends charged radioactive particles into the Earth's atmosphere, this creates a magnetic shift and alters the geomagnetic fields, thus depositing extra energy into the atmosphere. During the bombardment of the energetic electromagnetic fields radio transmissions and power grids can be affected.

During peak geomagnetic fields and solar storms an electromagnetic environment is created that significantly improves the conditions under which paranormal activity can occur. Spirits need a source of energy to enable them to manifest in this dimension and under these atmospheric conditions spirits can increase their strength and clarity.

When researching paranormal activity, it is important to observe geomagnetic forecasts and other possible patterns that show how weather and in particular space weather can impact on paranormal activity. It is very useful to monitor solar storm activity for paranormal investigations; for more information please read the article Weather and Geothermic Conditions that Affect Paranormal Activity and check out the Geomagnetic Field and Solar Activity Monitors on the SOuL Searchers site. It is important for paranormal researchers and investigators to monitor these elements prior to conducting investigations. This means closely watching space-weather indicators and being prepared and ready to investigate on a moments notice when a good storm like this current one comes through.


Cosmic Events and Other Astrological Stuff

The Seven Spheres Of Man ~ Traditional Astrology

by Jenni Muscat

This month's article relates to the more ancient interpretation of Astrology, according to the various ages of humans and planetary rulership. Before the more recent discoveries of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, Astrology consisted of seven planets - the seven that were easily seen to the naked eye.

The first planet with which we associate our earliest and deepest connections to life is the Moon. Ruling over the zodiac sign Cancer, with its glyph of the crab, the Moon is connected to the oceans and tides. The cycle recurs every month and is associated with the female monthly cycle. The sidereal cycle of the moon is every 27 days, making it 13 lunar months to a year. When synchronised with the Sun, the synodic cycle is every 29 days, coinciding with our calendar of 12 months.

From birth, the first person we make connections with is our mother. She nurtures and nourishes, protects and teaches. She bathes and clothes, cares for her ill baby and restores to health. The baby begins to see, smile, laugh and cry. Our most basic instincts are expressed so that our needs and wants are met. Babies are helpless and learn to bond with the person nearest to them. This is the ego, in its rawest and purist form. The baby becomes a toddler, walks and talks, is familiar with the immediate surroundings of home. The early beginnings shape us so we learn and develop. Be it positive or negative, these early anchors of our childhood set the tone for the rest of our lives.

The next stage is associated with the planet Mercury. Ruling over both Gemini and Virgo, with their glyphs of the twins and the virgin, Mercury is known for swift movement, mischief and thievery, education and learning, processing of information, memory and critical analysis. It is at this juncture, when the child is around four or five, that he (I will simplify matters and refer to the child as he, though of course we relate to both he and she) is attending pre-school and/or school. The child is out of his home environment for a period of time each day, so he receives schooling. He also learns about meeting new people, including his teachers, other students who will become playmates, along with those parents. Short distance travels are also a part of this development as the child walks home or rides on a bus, visit friends after school or run errands to the shops. This stage of development is pertinent to learning about the immediate community and neighbourhood.

The formative years at school are a wondrous and exciting time. The child learns to read and write. He also learns about the big wide world of which he is a part. The school routines are established and he learns under the watchful guidance of the teaching staff. These times can also be awkward and traumatic. The child learns quickly how the more sneaky and devious attributes of Mercury come into play. An example of this can be when a child's pen or pencil is stolen. The child doesn't understand why people set out to behave this way. This is a period of learning for him that not everybody is nice and he endeavours to learn the social nuances that carry him through his school years and beyond.

The next planet out which brings about significant change is Venus. Venus resides over both Taurus and Libra, with their glyphs of the bull's horns and the scales. Venus depicts love and harmony, diplomacy, the finer things in life and creature comforts. The child has moved out of primary school and is proceeding into the rollercoaster ride that is adolescence and high school. This is the time when the social mores between the teenager and his peers become fine-tuned, and it is also emphasised in how he furthers his education. Home economics and other forms of crafting are taught for a period of time.

Another issue that has a greater emphasis on his development is the onset of puberty and adolescence. It is at this stage that there is a deeper interest in forming friendships and relationships. Social networking is more commonplace as the teenager spends an increasing amount of time away from the home environment.

He learns about the awkward processes of love and sex, acceptance and rejection; all these facets of learning are perfectly normal and he is able to perceive who he wants in his life and who he doesn't. The group mentality and peer pressure also comes into play, wanting to feel like he is part of a group and generally accepted. This is also normal, until he has learned how to think and act responsibly for himself.

The next planet of importance is the Sun. Ruling over the sign of Leo with its glyph of the lion, the Sun is about expansion and growth, the more generous aspects of our personality, as opposed to the receptive personality that comes from the Moon. If the Moon is representative as the female persona of our ego, then the Sun is its male counterpart, of the father. He who was once a child has now left school, taken on a job and entered the adult world. The man has come of age, and this brings a new set of responsibilities.

In the adult world, which is a big and often daunting place, the man embarks on learning his place in the scheme of things. This period of his life carries him through to the early onset of middle age. He learns about going to work and earning a regular income, being a team player within a working and/or sporting environment. He may be sowing his wild oats before settling down to married life and domesticity. The seeds here are sown for a more emotional maturity and stability associated with making commitments and cementing plans for the future. Whether it's just for himself or with an established family, he has left the more carefree days of his youth behind.

Moving on to the next phase of his life, we have Mars, ruling planet of Aries and Scorpio with the glyphs of the Ram and Scorpion. Mars is about having energy to burn, new beginnings, the art and strategy of war, impulsive and reckless behaviour and yet the opposite of this behaviour is a sense of discipline and order. Mars can be impatient and wanting to achieve his purposes yesterday. Whereas Venus is about love, peace and harmony, Mars would gain his ends through sex and violence. He is a man of action and the time is now.

This period of a man's life would be relevant to the time of what we commonly refer to as the "Midlife Crisis". All of a sudden, his life will turn upside down and he may be dissatisfied with his lot. It's not unusual at this stage of life for an extramarital affair to take place, chuck in his job that he's no longer happy with for something else. Sometimes, circumstances can occur beyond his control, such as the death of a parent or relative, a loss of income or even a marital split. When such incidents occur in his life he will re-evaluate everything that he has ever known about.

Longstanding friendships may also come undone and there is that process of making sweeping changes to be rid of whatever's no longer beneficial in his life. This is also a time in his life which allows him to move out of his comfort zone as he dares to try on new experiences and set himself off on a new adventure in an effort to learn more about himself and the world around him.

There is an understanding that as his life is becoming shorter and he has a reality check with mortality, he wants to make the best of the rest of the time that's left to him.

Moving on to the later aspects of middle age he moves into the more philosophical and community minded age of Jupiter. Residing over Sagittarius and Pisces with the glyph of the archer's bow and two fish swimming away from each other, Jupiter is the benefactor on a group minded level and looks to the longer term of projects and ideals. Here he looks at his community and how he feels he can make a contribution to it. The question of philosophy and religion may arise. If there is a time for questioning whether his religion (if he practises one) is beneficial for him any longer, it may be at this stage of his life.

Whether it's through reading, travelling extensively or seeking to network with those of like mind, the man wishes to put into practise what he has already learned, while continuing to broaden his horizons.

In the sense of broadening his horizons, it can include the literal term of travelling to far off places that he may have always dreamed of going to. He may have an idea of becoming a mentor or benefactor to somebody who he feels would benefit from his knowledge and practical experience.

The last planet that is related to the seven spheres is Saturn. Having rulership over Capricorn and Aquarius, with the glyphs of the sea goat and waves, Saturn is about form and structure, rules and authority, restrictions and limitations. The man who has reached the final stages of his life can look back on everything he has achieved, the lessons he has learned, and enjoy the fruits of his labour. He has reached the age of retirement when work is no longer the emphasis on his life that it once was. He owns his home, he has scrimped and saved so that he may now enjoy the more leisurely pursuits as he has more time on his hands. His children have grown up and left the nest, with family of their own.

There is a deeper sense of appreciation with his achievements, he can watch the world go by, smell the roses and take it all in stride. He is aware that his life his drawing to a close and there is that sense of not feeling hurried. Life is no longer at the frenetic pace it once was. If he has grandchildren, he will enjoy the time he spends with them and regain a sense of the simple pleasures life can bring through the eyes of children. He has become the elder of his community who has earned the respect of his peers and the young.

We began with the Moon, who is the cradle, and we end with Saturn, who we call Old Father Time, and therefore is the grave. It is a simple, and yet, insightful observation in regards to how the ancients viewed life and death. As I see it, not an awful lot has changed. And that is in spite of the world continuously changing.

Till next month, fare thee well.

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Jenni lives south of Sydney with her three children and menagerie of pets. Her passion for Astrology has been utilised at great length for the last ten years. Along with self-learning, she has studied at the Sirius School of Astrology under the guidance of Ed Tamplin and Sherrynne Dalby. Jenni's other interests include Reiki, Feng Shui & intuitive alignment of the land and home, Heathenism, Shamanism, Crystals, Metaphysical Healing, Paranormal investigations (conducted through the SOuL Searchers team of Spheres Of Light) Tarot and Angel readings, along with gardening, walking, family & friends. Jenni has various creative endeavours including making candles, soaps and runes for sale, along with selling crystals and other trinkets.

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Power Animals

by Janine Donnellan

In Shamanic terms a Power Animal is a spiritual companion that appears in animal form with its own unique nature and skills to assist you with a particular life experience. According to shamanic understanding, we each have a number of power animals that will come to us at certain times throughout our life. Each Power Animal has certain medicine powers to teach and certain knowledge to share, for each Power Animal has its own methods of overcoming the many challenges we must meet in order to evolve as spiritual beings.

Superb Lyrebird

Scientific name: Menura novaehollandiae

At our last Meditation in the Park, we had a guided meditation on the element of Fire. It was a meditation focusing on the expansive, cleansing and transformative qualities of fire from a purely cosmic perspective. At the close of the meditation each member of the group discussed their personal experiences. As we were finishing our discussions a female lyrebird came up close to the group which is quite unusual as they are usually a shy and hard to observe bird.

Lyrebirds are ancient Australian animals. The Australian Museum has fossils of lyrebirds dating back to about 15 million years ago. The lyrebird is a pheasant-sized bird, dark brown above, gray-brown below, with long legs and powerful feet, both dark gray. The adult male has an ornate tail, with special curved feathers that, in display, assume the shape of a lyre. Interestingly, the Pythagoreans considered the lyre to be a mystical symbol representing the human constitution. The Pythagoreans were known for their aptitude to cure many physical and spiritual afflictions through the use of this music. Possibly the voice of this ancient bird also has healing qualities.

A timid, shy and solitary figure, the lyrebird has the most complex or sophisticated syrinx (voice box) of any songbird. It has the ability to mix a voice of its own with the voices of others. Perhaps its appearance at our meditation was to remind us of the value of carefully listening and attuning ourselves to voices of others and to spirit, and also allowing those voices to resonate within ourselves so that we are able blend and create our own unique vibration or song.

The Lyrebird's silvery voice lightens the sound of the bush and their beautiful feathers and dances are a fabulous display to behold. It is these attributes that make the lyrebird perfect totems for performers, dancers, singers and poets. They represent the poetic inspiration within us all. The lyre bird is a perfect symbol of the Bard, with a long repertoire for different songs which also symbolises the importance of memory and poetry.

In Aboriginal Dreamtime the Lyrebird was the only animal that was be able to talk to all other animals and the only animal that is able to imitate sounds. It is said that even to this day Aboriginal people have a special respect for lyrebirds because of their role as communicators and peacemakers.

For a more comprehensive interpretation of the Lyrebird please refer to


Herbs ~ Pine

by Amethyst

I decided that my herbe this month would be a herbe that could be used at Imbolc. I was going to do Pine last month, but it just didn't feel right. In my research I found that it is not just attributed to one element but three, the only one missing is water - which it needs to live, so it's almost a 4 element herbe/tree whatever.

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. - John Muir

Loblolly Pine showing male cones

Botanical: Pinaceae sp.
Planetary Associations: Mars, Pluto, Sun
Element: Earth, Air & Fire
Gender: Masculine
Tarot: Emperor
Magickal Classification: Countermagick Herbe, Herbe of Protection, Herbe of Purification
Invocatory: Astarte, Attis, Bacchus, Buddha, Cybele, Diana, Dionysus, Freya, Jupiter, Mithras, Neptune, Osiris, Pan, Poseidon, Rhea & Venus (just to name a few).
Parts Used: Needles, Cones, Branches, Pitch & Wood
Synonyms: Longleaf Pine, Shortleaf Pine, Yellow Pine, Southern Pine, (the list is huge)

Pinaceae are known in the fossil record since the Cretaceous period. Many folks don't realize the Pine is a gymnosperm and has "dual cones". The male Pine has a cone that releases pollen which floats over to the female Pine cone to fertilize it. Those large cones folks associate with the Pine are actually the female cones. Male cones are usually as small as your finger and soft.


Pine's green-in all seasons, which calls attention to itself in a world where other trees became bare in the winter. This spoke to the ancients of powers over the cycle of life and death.

In China, pine juice was taken to ward off old age, and was said to lighten the body and keep the person from feeling hunger. In Chinese tales, the god of longevity is depicted sitting under a pine, along with a crane (another longevity symbol) in the branches. The cones are reputed to grant immortality, or at least long life, while pine nuts are eaten for their aphrodisiac properties. In Japan pine represents the New Year. The wood is said to preserve and is therefore made into coffins. Pine is a sacred tree in Asia as read in Larousse World Mythology:

In primitive Shinto the cult of trees, rocks and springs was celebrated in situ. The objects of worship and the place in which they were found were later surrounded by pines planted to form a sacred enclosure. It was only when such objects as jewels, mirrors and swords cam to be used as symbols of the gods that the need arose to house them in a comparatively permanent place.

Pinaceae showing female cone

Sacred to the Druids, the pine was known as one of the Seven Chieftain Trees of the Irish. Pine is referred to in a Native American Micmac Legend of how the world got its first pine trees.

Pines have also been believed to be a sacred herbe of the goddess Rhea. The Greeks also are believed to hold pine sacred to Pan, Sylvanus, and the sea god, Poseidon, who fashioned his boat of pine wood. This water deity used pine resin to seal cracks in his boat and provide it with magickal protection. The winner of the Greek Isthean games were reportedly awarded with wreaths of pine or dried parsley.

The pine cone is an emblem of Zeus and Artemis, Jupiter and Venus; it was also associated with Mithras. Pan seduced the nymph Pitys, who preferred him to Boreas, the North Wind. Boreas flung her against a rock in a jealous fury, crushing her limbs. In pity Gaea transformed her into a pine tree. Hercules was cremated on a funeral pyre of pine wood. The Corinthians made two images of Dionysus from pine; also, Dionysus' thyrsus is tipped with a pine-cone.

In Greek myths, Attis was a young shepherd known for his beauty and his romantic spirit. In one version of the myth, he fell completely in love with the goddess Cybele (who is an aspect of the goddess Rhea), and when his passion was not returned, he castrated himself beneath a pine. Temples to Cybele were set near pines where her priests, known as Corbantes, lived as sacred eunuchs who used music and dance to achieve states of divine ecstasy. In another version, he was killed by a boar, like Adonis. After his death Attis is said to have been transformed into a pine tree. There is a statue of him in the Lateran Museum at Rome where he is wearing a wreath of pine cones, pomegranates, and other fruits.


Pine needles may be dried and ground to be included in loose incense mixtures or made into pastilles or sticks; scattered on the floor, they are said to drive away evil; they are also used in cleansing baths. The wood may be powdered or the resin dried and used as incense. Pine has the ability to cleanse a space of negative energy. In not only purifies but can send dark forces back to their source. Pine branches are placed over invalid's beds to help them recover, and over a well person's bed to keep illness away. In Japan a pine branch is hung over the door of the house to ensure continual joy within (because Pine is an evergreen).

Native Americans reputedly burn pine twigs, along with cedar and juniper, for ritual smudging of the sweat lodge, and to purify the spirits of the participants. The pine resin makes good incense. The sawdust can also be used as an incense base.

In Eight Sabbats for Witches, the Farrars recommend using a pine cone attached to the end of a thin branch for a ritual wand of a particularly phallic nature when celebrating Candlemas. The cones are carried to increase fertility and for a vigorous old age.

Pine has a history giving it an affinity for today's male priesthoods. It lends itself to male sexual energy which has been removed from the procreative purpose. This sacred tree is ideal for those men seeking to bring their sexual drive under control and channel it toward sacred goals. (The removal of one's testicles and/or cessation of sexual desire is not a requirement.)

Because of its use by Poseidon for his boat, people who enjoy sailing might work with the protective magick of pine.

The essential oil is also a great scent for those who do dragon magick, as the fast-burning pine is associated with dragons in China, where these magickal creatures are especially esteemed.

Medicinal, Culinary etc.

A medicinal oil is extracted from the needles which is a good anti-septic and analgesic. Pine is used in the Bach flower remedies for those who blame themselves for everything and are never content with their efforts or the results. The oil is used in aromatherapy as antiseptic, anti-viral, bactericidal, deodorant, and a diuretic; it is useful in cystitis, urinary tract infections, colds, coughs, and respiratory tract infections, arthritis, gout and poor circulation.

The pine tree yields pitch tar, resin and turpentine. The timber is used in construction for joists, rafters, flooring, windows frames, etc. It is also used for pit props, telegraph poles, gate posts, crates, coffins, sleepers, and paper pulp.

Needles from the Eastern White Pine tree (Pinus Strobus) are high in the vitamin C you need for optimum health in the wilderness. Consuming pine needles or brewing pine needle tea is a great preventative and cure for scurvy caused by lack of vitamin C in the diet.

The soft, moist, white inner bark (cambium) found clinging to the woody outer bark is edible and very high in vitamins A and C. It can be eaten raw in slices as a snack or dried and ground up into a powder for use as a thickener in stews, soups, and other foods, such as pine bread.

Native Americans included the inner bark of pines and other trees as an important part of their diet. Early foreign explorers of North America recorded finding acres of trees stripped of bark for food by the local inhabitants. Easily obtainable in large quantities all year round, storable, and very nutritious, at least one famous tribe is well documented as making bark an important part of their diet. Their very name "Adirondack", a tribe in the mountains of upstate New York, means "bark eaters" in the Iroquois language.

It is said that the Adirondacks ate bark out of dire necessity, only because they were often starving during long cold winters when game was scarce and little in the way of other food could be found. It is more likely the Native Americans relished the taste and nutritional value of inner bark and considered it a welcome part of their diet whether or not other foods were available. That the Adirondacks ate a large amount of bark during the winter is likely due to its easy storability more than anything else. The misreading of the habits of cultures foreign to one's own is very common. If eating bark is a strange concept to you and you observe another culture doing so you may very well conclude they are eating bark because they are starving and have nothing else to eat.

The kernels of the cones (called pine nuts) can be eaten, and are a good source of protein.

A Compendium of Herbal Magick by Paul Beyerl

Australian Winter/Spring Flower
~ Sunshine Wattle (Acacia terminalis)

by Janine Donnellan

Once known as Port Jackson wattle, Acacia terminalis is a graceful, open shrub usually about 1.5m high. The branches are a source of witchetty grubs.

Acacia terminalis is distinguished by its profuse, showy yellow globular flowers. It has dark green bipinnate leaves, and produces cream to deep yellow globular flower heads during autumn and winter. It grows abundantly on moist ground in lightly forested areas, often in poor soil. It can be seen along the roadsides in the park.

National Wattle Day is celebrated throughout Australia on the 1st September each year. The day was originally conceived as a day to demonstrate patriotism for the new nation of Australia by wearing a sprig of wattle. The day now has wider significance as a day to celebrate our natural environment, our flora, our rainforests and bushland, our coastal heathlands and desert dunes. The sprig of wattle should encourage us to preserve our fragile environment, so that future generations will experience the joy of seeing our bushland light up each spring with golden bloom.

Imbolc or Ostara Altar Decoration

The wattle is also an appropriate flower for an altar decoration at Imbolc or Ostara as there is an abundance of this bright, joyous flower at this time of year. The Sunshine Wattle reminds us that spring is near at hand. This is an opportune time to bless the home and garden, let go of the old and prepare for new growth. In ancient times herbs, mixed with milk, honey and white or yellow flowers were used to bless the garden and young maidens dressed in white would bless the fields.

Sunshine Wattle Flower Essence

Sunshine Wattle essence helps to bring about an acceptance of the beauty and joy of the present and a belief in possibilities for the future. It is usually for people who have had a difficult time in the past and are literally stuck back there.

Assists in realising that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that the dark energy of winter is part of the cycle. Helps us seek the 'treasure of gold' (inner wisdom) within.

Positive Outcome:

  • optimism
  • acceptance of the beauty and joy in the present

Negative Condition:

  • stuck in the past
  • expectation of a grim future
  • struggle


I am now releasing my past and seeing joy and beauty in my life.
I live fully and joyously in the present.
I now feel optimistic about life and the future.


Crystals ~ Peridot

by Maria

PERIDOT: often referred to as "poor man's emerald".

Also Known as Chrysolite, Olivine. Peridot forms in magma in the upper mantle, about 20 to 55 miles deep; it is brought to the surface by tectonic or volcanic activity.

Colour: Yellow-green, olive-green, brownish

Crystal System: Orthorhombic crystals have unequal axes that encompass energy and are useful cleansers and clearers.

Properties: Peridot is the National gem of Egypt. Ancient Egyptians knew it as "the gem of the sun." Peridot was believed to be a stone of springtime by ancients who considered it a gift from Mother Nature.

Peridot is a mix of yellow buffered with blue, creating light green. With its content of two primary colours it assists with clarity (yellow) and insight (blue). Peridot was also used to channel spirits.

Peridot is described as a 'Sun' stone; it generates a warm, happy and friendly disposition. It opens up a feeling of inner happiness, and lightness by expressing it in giving and receiving with joy. Allowing one to find the gift in any experience, and shows how to forgive oneself.

It's a strong protector against negative emotions, assists in releasing and alleviating jealousy, anger and depression thus enabling emotional healing. It also grants power to ward off anxiety and promote success in relationships.

Peridot aids in discovering and understanding your destiny and the purpose of existence. It puts you in touch with ultimate truth. It motivates growth and necessary change needed to accelerate personal development. It opens one up to new challenges and adventures. Peridot is a good cleanser of the subtle bodies.

It is also helpful in warding off evil spirits. It is used to protect the aura. It has been said to make a shield of protection around the body of any wearer of Peridot.

This stone opens our inner sight for creative inspiration and builds on our confidence and assertiveness.

Peridot, symbolize prosperity and growth bringing good fortune, wealth and health. It is a symbol of fame, dignity and protection.

Peridot helps dreams become reality. To dream of Peridot signifies that you need to be cautious for a period of time.

Peridot is a stone of lightness and beauty. Wear Peridot necklace to protect against negative emotions. It soothes and cleanses powerfully.

As an elixir it can totally remove miasms from the body if used over a 3 year period.

Peridot should be cleansed initially, and after every use. Store in a velvet or silk bag when not use to protect it from scratching and from the influence of outside energies.

Peridot is told to have the ability to bring healing and vitality to the whole body. Ancient accounts say that this gemstone has the ability to slow the aging process.

Peridot can help to refresh and sooth tired and irritated eyes, place over closed eyelids for a preferred amount of time. Also, where one has to keep the eyes strong and focus on a subject, gaze into Peridot for short (even seconds) periods of time to re-focus, re-align and refresh the eyes to help prevent straining.

Help in the treatment against skin irritations, bring down skin redness and help put a stop to sudden flare up's of condition's such as acne. Where there is also joint inflammation, Peridot help's to bring the inflammation down and eases discomfort - using as an item of jewellery here, can be very helpful.

Peridot can be beneficial in helping in the healing from alcohol abuse, as well as helping to curb the apatite and addiction to alcohol.

On a Physical Level:

  • Used mainly in the Release and neutralizes toxins on all levels
  • Peridot has an overall restorative effect on the body.
  • Promotes sleep when worn to bed.
  • Encourages tissue to heal and regenerate.
  • Protects the central nervous system
  • Peridot fosters cardiovascular health, converts blood sugar to energy and promotes psychical muscle functioning.
  • It is most useful as a balancer of the glandular system.
  • It is also told to aid in digestion and to reduce fever.
  • Purifies the body by strengthening the blood
  • Its energy balances bipolar disorders and overcomes hypochondria
  • Counteracts some of the physical effects of alcohol.
  • Place on the skin, over the organ which needs stimulating
  • Known to have healing effect on the gall bladder and liver
  • Physical ailments of the heart, lungs, and thymus
  • Improves vision strengthens eyes.
  • Used for spleen, intestinal tract, ulcers.
  • Cure of ailments of the digestive systems, stomach acidity and unwanted calcium deposits
  • Peridot is also a healing crystal used in childbirth. It aids giving birth by strengthening the muscle contractions but lessons pain.
  • A stone to help ease excessive sweating, especially caused from toxin build up or hormonal changes (such as in teenage years).

History: Like many other birthstones, the August Peridot is listed in the Bible as one of the gemstones on Aaron's breast plate. Biblically, Peridots were called pitdah. Peridot was brought to Central Europe by the crusaders in the Middle Ages, and often used for ecclesiastical purpose. It was worn to gain foresight and divine inspiration.

Several sources say that in ancient times, cups or other vessels made of Peridot were used in healing because medicinal liquids drunk from them were more effective. Anciently, large chunks of Peridot were found in Hawaii. These large pieces found their way around to the Egyptians, who made small drinking vessels out of them. They were used in rituals, and the priests would drink soma from them. The soma would put them in touch with the nature goddess, Isis.

King Solomon traded cedar trees from Lebanon for 12 soma drinking cups made of Peridot and 14 litres of soma. He is said to have become enlightened by drinking soma from these cups.

In 1502 in Venice, Kunz cited the manuscript which relates the ancient practice of using a piece of Peridot upon which was carved an ass to assist a person with a skill or prophesy. On the other hand, the engraving of a totem or a vulture allowed the stone to have control over various demonic spirits as well as the winds.

It can be found in Egyptian jewellery from the early 2nd millennium B.C. Some historians suspect that at least some of the "emeralds" worn by Cleopatra were actually Peridot. The stones used at that time came from a deposit on a small volcanic island in the Red Sea, some 45 miles off the Egyptian coast at Aswan.

Even the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire treasured these gems.
Peridots are the stone associated with the Apostle Simeon.

The ancient Romans too were fond of this gemstone and esteemed its radiant green shine, which does not change even in artificial light. For that reason they nicknamed it the 'emerald of the evening'. Peridot is also found in Europe in medieval churches, where it adorns many a treasure, for example one of the shrines in Cologne Cathedral.

Legend has these birthstones glowing at night. Because of this Peridot were used as a talisman against night terrors.

Peridot was first used as a talisman in the ancient world and it has a long standing mystical reputation. It has been thought to have the power of warding off anxiety, making men more articulate and promoting success in relationships and marriage.

Peridot was believed to have the power to dissolve enchantments. To exert its full potential, the stone was set in gold. If it was to be used to protect the wearer from evil spirits, it had to be pierced, strung on the hair of a donkey, and worn on the left arm. As a medical remedy, it was powdered to cure asthma. Holding a Peridot under the tongue was supposed to lessen the thirst of a person suffering from fever.

Deities: Mercury, messenger of the Roman gods (first planet from the sun). Hermes, or Mercury, was the patron of travellers, merchants (deity of commerce), rogues, and thieves; as well as being the Roman wind deity. He was regarded as the lord of dreams and visions.

Isis, Egyptian Goddess of Magic and Giver of Life.

Goddess Pele: Goddess of fire, lightening, dance, volcanoes and violence. Hawaiian myth claims that Peridot gemstones are the tears of the goddess Pele.

Hathor was an Ancient Egyptian goddess who personified the principles of love, motherhood and joy. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt. Hathor was worshiped by Royalty and common people alike in whose tombs she is depicted as "Mistress of the West" welcoming the dead into the next life. In other roles she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands and fertility who helped women in childbirth, as well as the patron goddess of miners.

Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty. Venus was a Roman goddess principally associated with love, beauty and fertility, who played a key role in many Roman religious festivals and myths. Many Romans also worship her as Goddess of Good Fortune.

Magical Use: Use green in spells for love, fidelity and commitment, to bring beauty into your life, for the acquisition of beautiful possessions; for harmony, for horticulture and the environment, also for healing people through natural methods such as herbs and crystals and for healing the planet, especially the land and forests.

Peridot is indeed a springtime gemstone, well beyond its bemusing springtime colour, as it has the ability to project you into a new life cycle. If you seem to be stuck and not moving forward, use Peridot along with a white and green candle.

This especially is a stone that attracts Mother Earths positive blessings, brings one into touch with her spiritual teaching's and help's one to connect and walk with natures way of life.

Also, Peridot brings peace, tranquillity and a greater connection with Mother Earth and her goodness. Bringing a realisation of how much the being takes this goodness for granted, therefore creating an understanding, a respect and a finally a conjoining of Spirit. Use this stone around the home, workplace, place of meditation or healing practices, to cleanse the atmospheric energy and bring peace and tranquillity. This is a very good stone to lift the mood and encourage restorative sleep for the mind, body and spirit.

Place Peridot stones on pulse points for pulse point therapy, to aid healing and to aid restoration, also for healing and cleansing of the heart chakra, place the Peridot stones in a circular pattern on this energy centre. A rule of Seven stones can be followed on the circular formation for the heart chakra, one stone for each pulse point therapy, and three stones on each area for healing and restoration practices.

Chakra: Working with the Heart Chakra, Peridot can help one to learn how to live from the Heart, remaining faithful to one's own inner truth. It is used to stimulate the heart and solar plexus chakras allowing openness and acceptance in the intellectual pursuit of matters of the heart. For specific chakra work though, because it acts to seal the aura, it is suggested that Peridot be removed while working on chakras other than the heart and solar plexus.


Element: Earth
Energy: Receptive
Associated Metal: Gold
Planet: Jupiter, Venus, and Sun, Mercury
Zodiac: Leo, Libra, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini
Birthstones: August
Numerical Vibration: 5, 6, 7
Tarot: the Hermit, Morality, Purity, Discrimination, Spiritual Clarity
Depending on source - associations do differ.

Gemstones of the World, Walter Schumann
Crystal Workbook, Sheril Berkovitch
Illustrated Guide to Crystals, Judy Hall (mythology)

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Wattle Seed Cheesecake

(Cooking time: About 40 minutes.)
3 eggs (separate yolk and whites)
250g sugar
3 egg yolks
250g cottage cheese
375g smooth ricotta cheese
250ml Buttermilk
3 dessert spoon semolina
4 dessert spoon ground wattle seed
2 dessert spoons lime or lemon rind

1 packet Granada biscuits
250g butter

Place the 3 egg whites into a mixer and place on high until you get a meringue. While the meringue is being mixed crush a packet of Granada biscuits in a bowl and mix in 250 grams of butter that it is at room temperature. Once the base is mixed through pat into a 8-9 inch cake base. Place meringue aside. Place the 250 grams sugar and the 3 egg yolks mix on hi for 3-4 minutes until creamy. Add into the mixture the cottage cheese, ricotta, buttermilk, semolina, and wattleseed. Turn on hi speed for 2-3 minutes until mixed through. Scrape from side once mixed and fold through slowly the meringue. Add 2 dessert spoons of lemon rind and fold through. Spoon mixture into base. Place into a preheated oven of 180 degrees and bake for 40 minutes.

1/2 jar marmalade
4 dessert spoon sugar
1 cup of water
1 dessert spoon lemon rind
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Mix all ingredients into a pot. Place on stove until it dissolves for 2-3 minutes. Make sure you watch the sauce and keep stirring, you don't want it to stick to the pan. Take it off the stove when it becomes a consistent syrup. Place sauce into a jug and place into fridge to cool.


Making Eucalyptus Smudge Sticks

The tall, water-loving eucalyptus tree is one of the most useful trees in the world. Native to Australia, it is regarded as a "cure-all" by indigenous Aborigines. Eucalyptus is said to have an expansive effect that can be both calming and invigorating. Eucalyptus leaves can be used for spiritual cleansing, purification, and healing. Distilled, eucalyptus is one of the most universal and versatile of essential oils; some of its many properties include analgesic, antiseptic, deodorant, expectorant, and vermifuge (anti-parasitic).

Blue gum eucalyptus has a beautiful refreshing scent with rich cineole and slightly camphoraceous, with a typical eucalyptus smell. The leaves of this tree makes an excellent smudge stick and blends well with other plants and essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, melissa, pine, tea tree, and juniper.

To make the smudge stick you will need a selection of eucalyptus leaves and any other plants and oils that are appropriate. Collect a selection cut them neatly, do this when it has been a dry day just before the sun starts to go down, they should be quite dry by then, only take as much as you need.

Lay them flat on newspaper, when assembling them start at the bottom secure tightly with twine or cotton then wrap the twine or cotton around the leave or plants making sure plenty of the leaves show through, while trying to encase them securely. Always working from the bottom to the top and securing again at the top end.Trim when finished, don't worry too much how messy they may look at this time everything will shrink as they dry then you can tidy them up.

Lay them on fresh paper and wrap tightly this helps them to dry quickly store in a cool dry place, changing the paper every day. If you don't do this they will take longer to dry and then they will start to rot and smell fusty do this for about seven to 10 days.
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